SPOTLIGHT

What Do You Want to Know For?

By Alice Munro Friday, May 17, 2024

SPOTLIGHT

What Do You Want to Know For?

By Alice Munro Friday, May 17, 2024

Editors’ Picks

Ten Worst Opening Lines

Essays

A Tale of War and Forgetting

Rescuing the memory of a cataclysm

Cover Story

Leaks and Consequences

Why treating leakers as spies puts journalists at legal risk

Essays

Solitude and Leadership

If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts

Essays

The End of the Black American Narrative

A new century calls for new stories grounded in the present, leaving behind the painful history of slavery and its consequences

Essays

What Kind of Father Am I?

Looking back at a lifetime of parenting sons and being parented by them

Peter Handke
Essays

The Apologist

The celebrated Austrian writer Peter Handke, who won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, appeared at the funeral of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Should we forgive him?

Essays

Fear of Falling

Working in the mop-and-bucket brigade in college created the perspectives of a lifetime

Smarty Pants Podcast

Indiana Absurd

Tiffany Tsao on translating a beguiling Indonesian short-story collection

Article

Red Tide Warning

Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast means having to coexist with pervasive and toxic algal blooms—and neighbors who don’t always believe what they see

Asturias Days

Betsy, Mary, and Trish

Read Me a Poem

“Hymn” by A. R. Ammons

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Web Essays

The Importance of Being Different

A travel writer’s education

Smarty Pants Podcast

Changing the Lens

Exploding the Canon, Episode 5 (Finale)

Article

Tramping With Virginia

A seminal essay about walking the streets of London can present challenges in the classrooms of today

Asturias Days

Bitten

Read Me a Poem

“Planetarium” by Adrienne Rich

Poems read aloud, beautifully

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